Pulitzer Prize, anyone? 🙂



There’s an old saying: never say never. Well, this has been a strange and heady couple years with regard to literature in the JFK assassination case. After being a fervent believer in a conspiracy in President John F. Kennedy’s death (from about the age of 12 to 41!), the Spring of 2007 yielded the Oswald-did-it-alone masterpiece “Reclaiming History” by the highly respected author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi that, quite literally, made my world upside down and had me reassess everything I knew (or thought I knew) about JFK’s murder. Result? While I still believed there mere multiple conspiracies (plural) to kill Kennedy, and that (speaking as the leading civilian Secret Service authority) the Secret Service was grossly negligent on 11/22/63 in Dallas, at the end of the day, Oswald beat everyone to the punch, so to speak; for all intents and purposes, that solved it for me, albeit with a great deal of discomfort.


Then came ANOTHER masterpiece of even greater length (spread over 5 volumes) that, once again, turned my world upside down (some would say, right side up)!



Douglas P. Horne, the author of this latest masterpiece, “Inside The Assassination Records Review Board,” has achieved a literary feat worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. His 5 volume study (5 books in one, so to speak) reads almost like the Defense’s side of the case; the perfect answer to the Prosecution’s (“Reclaiming Historty”) masterful plea to the bench. I am amazed and highly impressed with the book as both a very inspired, well put together piece of art (it’s a great read!) AND for the substance–and length—of the (counter) argument. While Vince Bugliosi did the seeming impossible back in 2007 (convincing me, however begrudgingly, that Oswald acted alone, despite others who wished JFK ill), Douglas P. Horne has turned around and performed HIS own version of the impossible: convincing me I was WRONG in 2007—a delightful, soul searching, slightly embarassing, and honest appraisal. After all, it is somewhat painful, as a seasoned researcher with a “stake” in the case, to admit he was in error…twice!


Bugliosi’s book cleans up the “junk” in the case and presents the best case for Oswald acting alone; STILL a terrific book (THE best Oswald-did-it book that will ever be written—infinitely better than Gerald Posner’s “Case Closed” or the insufficient Warren Report). That said, Douglas P. Horne’s masterwork trumps “Reclaiming History” and presents the best nuts-and-bolts-and-more case for conspiracy I ever thought possible, circa 2009 and post-Bugliosi. While I have sung the praises for many books over the years, no other book (other than David McCullough’s triumphant “Truman”) has moved me to the point where I would recommend the volume achieving the vaunted Pulitzer Prize…yes, I am THAT impressed with Horne’s years of research and insider work on the case. Jim Douglass excellent volume “JFK and the Unspeakable” serves almost as a companion volume—the “warm-up act”—to Horne’s masterwork.


The MEDICAL evidence is the keystone to the case, bar none. With this firmly in mind, Horne, as a respected insider into the U.S. Government’s final investigation into JFK’s assassination in the mid to late 1990’s, has laid out the best case for conspiracy I have ever read, especially at this late juncture (and where my thinking on the case was at not long before his 5 volume study appeared). I won’t spoil things by revealing anything specific in this review (sorry!). I will just say this: get these books asap—you will find yourself (like myself) reading them and refering to them many times over.


I recently admonished people in the research community (of which I am one) to, quote, “get a life” (shades of William Shatner, huh?). Well, disregard that bit of advice: instead, GET DOUGLAS P. HORNE’S BOOKS…NOW! 5 PLUS STARS; THE HIGHEST RATING HUMANLY POSSIBLE.


Vince Palamara





Douglas said…

Dear Vince,


Your work in interviewing agents formerly on JFK’s White House Detail, and in analyzing the professional behavior of the White House Detail while on the job from 1961-1963, played a major part in my own analysis of President Kennedy’s assassination.


I am truly gratified that you have returned “to the fold,” as it were—“to the right side of history.”


Vince, I love this country and firmly believe in the promise of its democracy; and I believe that the best way to protect that democracy is to expose ways in which it has been subverted in the recent past. This is what motivated me to finally write this book detailing my ARRB experiences, and setting forth my conclusions about the events of 1963: love of country.


Vince, allow me to quote one of the final lines in the most beloved of all American films, “Casablanca,” which were spoken to Richard Blaine by Victor Laszlo:


“Welcome back to the fight; this time, I know our side will WIN.”


With warm affection and sincere regard,


Doug Horne 12/17/2009


December 17, 2009 7:43 AM 

R. Andrew Kiel said…



It is good to have you back to your senses! I found it a little difficult to accept that Bugliosi’s book was so persuasive to cause you to forget your own well documented arguments found in “The 3rd Alternative” as well as in “JFK: The Medical Evidence”. You have done a great service in the quest for the truth in JFK’s murder – just let your own research speak for itself.


Doug Horne’s excellent job of exposing the contradictions in the medical evidence has been available since the AARB published its Final Report in 1998. I quoted him & others from the AARB (as well as yourself) in my book “J. Edgar Hoover: The Father of the Cold War” – which you wrote a nice review about on Amazon – THANK YOU!


I hope that you will keep up the good work & stay confident in what you know to be true – which is difficult enough in this area of research.


Thanks to Doug Horne for his work -I will be reading his 5 volumes soon!




R. Andrew Kiel


December 30, 2009 12:40 PM 

Vince Palamara said…

Thanks, pal! Yes, I have returned to my senses. Love YOUR book, too :O)

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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  1. Dear Vince, Thank you so much for the valuable work you’ve done on the SS. The country can never repay you enough. I’ve never heard or read you’re take on the motion picture footage on display courtesy of the Sixth Floor Museum showing the limousine coming down Main street before turning onto Houston street. How come the SS had an agent riding on the back of the car for protection when they are speeding down Main street at good speed? How come they pulled that agent off the back of the car when they SLOW DOWN AND PREPARE FOR TWO TURNS AT SLOW SPEED? They removed the protection deliberately, why? All they did was aid the shooters. Thanks again and best of luck and godspeed to you and yours. Always grateful -Brian Sorensen

  2. Mark SKIPPER says:

    Dear Vince,

    Like you I’ve had an avid interest in the JFK assassination since the mid-1970s. It just just came to my mind this morning about the controversy over JFK’s head wound, the differences between what the Parkland doctors stated they saw and what the autopsy photos show in JFK’s head. The difference in the two wounds seems substantial. Many of the doctors claimed to have seen a wound the size of a small orange to the back of the head offset to JFK’s right side.

    The autopsy photos show this massive, huge and gaping wound to the entire right side of President Kennedy’s head. My question is if the wound shown in the autopsy photo was the same as the one in Parkland Hospital, why would any surgeon even consider trying to resuscitate JFK?

    The autopsy photos shows what was so obviously a fatal wound. The doctors in the ER describing a wound about the size of a small orange would not necessarily have been visible to most of them. I believe Robert McClelland described this very thing and that he was at JFK’s head. It could have been another of the doctors at JFK’s head who stated that.

    The facts don’t pass the smell test. It is ridiculous to believe doctors would try to resuscitate JFK with so obvious a fatal would to the head.

    McClelland even spoke to the discovery of the fatal head wound by the other doctors, including the head of Neurosurgery at Parkland who then pronounced him dead.



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